SERVICES

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a treatment technique whereby a sterile, single-use, fine needle (acupuncture needle) is inserted into the muscle to assist with decreasing pain and improving function through the release of myofascial trigger points (knots in the muscle).

How does Dry Needling Work?
Dry Needling assists with decreasing local muscular pain and improving function through the restoration of a muscle’s ability to lengthen and shorten normally by releasing myofascial trigger points.

When a fine filament needle is inserted into the center of a myofascial trigger point, blood pools around the needle triggering the contracted muscle fibers to relax by providing those fibers with fresh oxygen and nutrients, as well as by flushing away any additional acidic chemicals. This, in turn, leads to the decompression of the local blood and nerve supply.

What Will You Feel During Dry Needling Treatment?
During a Dry Needling treatment, you may feel a slight sting as the needle is inserted and removed. However, this discomfort should last no longer than a second before settling.

A brief muscle twitch can also be experienced during a Dry Needling treatment. This may occur during treatment when the needle is inserted into a myofascial trigger point.

Where Does Dry Needling Fit Within Your Rehabilitation Program?
Dry Needling is one of many techniques that can be utilised by your physiotherapist to assist with your rehabilitation. Dry Needling is often used in combination with other techniques including massage, manual therapy, and exercise prescription.
Is it Safe?
Everybody is different and can respond differently to various treatment techniques, including Dry Needling. In addition to the benefits that Dry Needling can provide, there are a number of side effects that may occur, including spotting or bruising, fainting, nausea, residual discomfort or even altered energy levels. However, these symptoms should last no longer than 24 to 48 hours after treatment.
Can You Exercise After Dry Needling?
It is recommended to avoid strenuous or high impact activities immediately after Dry Needling, to allow the body time to recover, and to maximize the benefits of the treatment.

At Enrich Physio , most of our physiotherapists are qualified and skilled in Dry Needling and would be happy to discuss your treatment options.

Joint Mobilisation / Manipulation

When a joint is degenerate or inflamed it can become stiff and have restricted movement as a result. Joint mobilisation techniques aim to restore a normal range of pain-free joint movement by applying a gentle oscillatory force to the joint in question. Almost every restriction in movement can be regained by a direct joint mobilisation technique performed by an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

Manipulation is a more direct technique, which often produces a sharp ‘crack’, or ‘pop’ in a joint and is only performed by experienced Physiotherapists who have completed extensive post-graduate training in its application. It is effective in treating both spinal and peripheral joints, often in conjunction with some other form of physiotherapy treatment, for example, massage or an exercise program.

Real time Ultrasound

Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) is a tool that is used to look at the muscles inside your body from the outside. We Use it as a diagnosing and retraining tool to help you get more insync with your body.

How does it work?
RTUS provides a moving image of your muscles, so our physios can assess which muscles should be working and whether you are activating them correctly.

By having immediate visual feedback, RTUS can be used as a training tool to help you identify and strengthen muscles, leading to a better understanding of how to activate them.

The problem with retraining core and pelvic floor muscles is that the contraction is much more subtle than most people realise. We don’t tend to feel the muscles in the same way as we do the big movement muscles on the outside of the body, which means that learning to turn them on can be a bit vague and confusing and that it is very easy to cheat. Using real time ultrasound as feedback when learning these contractions removes this ambiguity, allowing you to correctly activate your muscles more quickly and get back to doing the things that you love pain free.

What conditions can RTUS help to treat?

RTUS helps health professionals to see how your muscles are functioning so they can diagnose and treat conditions such as:

  • Acute or chronic lower back pain
  • Poor posture
  • Incontinence
  • Spinal and abdominal post-surgical rehabilitation, including c-sections
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sciatica
  • Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health
  • Pregnancy back pain
  • Pelvic instability
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain

Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an extremely effective treatment and to treat a range of issues that occur in various areas of the body. The ECSW allow us to achieve much quicker results when it comes to treating both acute & chronic injuries.

How does it work?
The treatment initiates a pro-inflammatory response in the affected tissue. The body responds by increasing the blood circulation and metabolism in the affected area which accelerates the body’s own healing processes. The shockwaves can break down injured tissues and calcifications. As a result of cellular tissue micro-trauma, it can provide a temporary analgesic (pain relief) effect on nerves, providing immediate pain relief, known as ‘hyperstimulation anaesthesia’.
What are the conditions that are best treated with Shockwave?
Planter Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinitis, Frozen Shoulder, Jumpers Knee (Patella Tendinitis), Hip Bursitis, Tennis & Golfers Elbow, Dupuytrens Contracture, Shin Splints, Medical Tibial Stress syndrome, Release painful muscular trigger points, Heel Spurs, Chronic Tendinopathy and many more conditions.
What are the things to remember?
  • Effective for most tendinopathy issues, whether acute or chronic
  • Usually requires 3-5 sessions
  • Positive effect can start as early as first session.
  • It’s a non invasive treatment with no side effects

Taping

Strapping tape and Supportive taping is commonly used by physiotherapists to:

  • Relieve your pain
  • Improve joint stability
  • Enhance athlete confidence
  • Reduce injury recurrence
  • Prevent injury
What is Rigid Strapping Tape?

Rigid Strapping Tape (Brown Tape) commonly used in taping or strapping is often referred to as “sports tape” or “athletic tape” and is most often a rigid style of strapping tape. It is used to stabilize or immobilize an area

What is Elastic Strapping Tape?

Elastic Strapping Tape can also be used when less rigidity or support is required.

What is Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology Tape  (Various Colours) is an improved version of elastic sports tape that acts to dynamically assist your muscle function and performance.

What is the aim of Strapping Tape?

After your assessment, your physiotherapist will design your optimal taping to best meet your current needs, These can include:

  • stabilise or support the injury
  • pain-relief via a de-loading of the vulnerable or painful structures or to facilitate normal movement, muscles or postural patterns.

Please consult your physiotherapist for the best strapping for your injury needs. They are experts in ankle strapping, knee strapping, shoulder strapping, wrist strapping, hamstring strapping and more.

We are more than happy to be contact by individuals and sports team for package strapping service.

Women’s Health & Continence Physiotherapy

What are the factors?

Did you know that 1 in 3 Australian women who have had babies have problems with continence. Your pelvic floor muscles form a very important part of the support network for your pelvis and lower back as well as working to help maintain good control of your bladder and bowel function.

Unfortunately up to 25 % of women actually strain and push their pelvic floor muscles instead of contracting them, and 30% of women have difficulty or can’t contract their pelvic floor muscles effectively.

We Use Real – Time Ultrasound to diagnose and retrain you to use the correct muscle in a relax and effective way.

    Do you have any of these symptoms?
    • Back and Pelvic Pain
    • Difficulty lifting or going up and down steps
    • Pain at night or poor sleeping
    • Menopause pain, discomfort and difficulty with continence
    • Incontinence
    Book in with our Women’s Health Physiotherapist to get back in control. Learning how to use your pelvic floor and core muscles sometimes needs assistance so don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help.

    Your first consultation will be approximately 1 hour to do a full assessment and get your program started. Current research shows correct pelvic floor exercises can help reduce labour time, improve healing post-delivery, prevent incontinence and improve function.